OT: Re: [lazarus] Localization site

Michal Bukovjan bukovjan at mbox.dkm.cz
Mon Sep 16 12:09:29 EDT 2002

Michael A. Hess wrote:

> Michael Van Canneyt wrote:
>>> * SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model)
>> And what does this beast do ?
>> What does courseware do, for that matter ?
> Well this all is in the CBT/WBT eLearning world. This is of course the 
> major focus of my business. As Marco pointed out the fanatics, in this 
> case the PHD egg heads who sit around and dream up concepts without 
> really having to use them, created the SCORM model.
>   http://www.adlnet.org   if you are really interested.
> Courseware refers to training courses or learning/references products. 
> The idea of SCORM is to make every little piece of a course reusable. 
> That means every screen, graphic, media clip is reusable outside of 
> the current course. So for example assume I have a course that teaches 
> how to code in Perl. In the course there is a page that explains what 
> a "Regular Expression" is. I have to design the course, it's flow, 
> it's images everything about it to be totally independent on anything 
> else in the course. That is so if someone else is writing a course on 
> PHP they could just tell the manifest control file that it should just 
> reuse the page on Regular Expressions found in the Perl course. Or 
> maybe it just wants to use the image I used on my page or maybe just 
> the audio. Anyway you should get the idea. Pages/concepts/media should 
> be totally independent of the course they are in so that they can be 
> plugged in and reused anywhere else without having to do anything to 
> them.
> RIGHT. Welcome to the real world. It doesn't happen or even work.
> The above model doesn't take into account screen design, colors, 
> control buttons, etc. etc. etc. So my Regular Expression page could 
> have a blue background to match the course design but the PHP could 
> use brown. So they would have to take the content and recode it to 
> match the PHP course anyway. The whole thing is an egg head pipe dream.
> The biggest problem is that I, as a contractor, don't have access to 
> my clients base of courseware so I don't even know what already exists 
> to attempt to reuse it in the first place. So EVERYTHING ALWAYS gets 
> recreated.
> The whole thing is a joke.  :-\
Looks like they forgot to split content/presentation layers. Looks like 
a major design flaw :-)
How would you rate DocBook with this respect?


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